NOT SINCE THE ACCIDENT
Getting a demo CD from a new band can be a bit of a mixed bag. Whilst I will try to be positive, as most bands are doing it for the love of the music, sometimes its difficult to review a genre of music that you have no knowledge of /interest in. So it was a pleasant surprise to recently receive a local bands first effort that definitely had more than a hint of a punk rock slant to it.
NOT SINCE THE ACCIDENT, formed at the end of last year and, having composed a solid setlist of nine songs, are looking to get out on the road in the South Wales area and road test their compositions. Made up of various stalwarts of the Cardiff music scene they boast Rhys on Vocals (Ex The Shove Its), Steve on guitar/backing vox (The Melophobes), bass player Boris (Gung Ho) and Lewis who performs drumming duties in No Choice and Gung Ho. Whilst influenced by many different bands and genres, they all have a common love of punk rock. However, their idea when writing songs is to make each one different to the last by fusing a myriad of styles.
First track Digital Leash uses a similar telephone dialling intro to Blondies Hanging on the Telephone, albeit that this is where the similarity ends as NSTAs track is much heavier than Ms Harrys pop classic. A nifty backbeat, almost done in a punk drum and bass style, means that the track moves along at a rattling good pace and has a catchy as hell chorus. Rhys voice has a certain gravely edge to it, not dissimilar to Cal from early Discharge, and the band sound tight and well rehearsed given that they are in their early days. This track is sure to be a firm favourite when the band starts gigging.
So a promising start from a band that will certainly warrant more attention in the future. But dont take the word of an old git like me check out the MP3 links above or at the following:
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